We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Get a job". Yes, that was something that was done without question back in my day (I'm 69). During high school, over the summers, certainly if one didn't go on to college.
Many of the guys I hung around with were drafted or they enlisted for better choices and used the military to get them started in a trade.
My personal belief is that every young person should spend two years in the military. They don't have to go around blowing things up and killing people; there are a lot of MOSs that will accommodate all kinds of young recruits. An alternative would be to get a job and put some effort, some commitment into it. After a couple years they could answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Maturing for a few years and learning the importance of working and perhaps finding out what they don't want to do, learning some respect for the bosses and how things work in the real world is valuable knowledge.
I don't expect kids to make mature decisions and the price paid for bad choices could be living with a partner and having a baby, wasting time with fun but nowhere jobs, living at home. Yikes, living at home.
The Beatles dominated my high school years. Skilled musicians and songwriters, no doubt. Psychedelic music followed. Yet In my later years, I find that of the music that was created during my childhood through my twenties, my preference is for doo-wop. The vocal inventiveness is what attracts me to doo-wop.
My personal belief is that every young person should spend two years in the military. .. Maturing for a few years and learning the importance of working and perhaps finding out what they don't want to do, learning some respect for the bosses and how things work in the real world is valuable knowledge.
My father said that his time in the Army in WW2 convinced him that if he didn't get his act together, he would remain in a boring job such as in the Army. After he got out of the Army, he finished his professional training. That being said, I conclude that my father had a relatively pleasant time in the military stationed in India, judging by the number of times he showed us his India slides. Oh no, not those India slides again...
Back in the '60's I went to college so I could get a job...not to find myself, not to protest, not to learn to be a victim, etc. And you know what? It worked. Now 67 and still enjoying the profession. I did 10 years as a college professor and the most astounding thing I ever heard at commencement...my students would come up to talk to me and I would ask them what their plans were after graduation. An amazing number of them replied that they were going to take a year off to travel, find themselves, or some other nonsense. Had I said that to my Dad back when I graduated I would still be digging his boot out of my a**!!